Free and Appropriate Public Education
Children with disabilities should receive a free appropriate public education that is provided at public expense, without charge, and emphasizes special education and related services that meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. A FAPE is not the "best possible" education, but provides educational benefit. The concept "appropriate" falls within the range of what public education rather than private education provides.
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